Hello 2018!

So as all my comebacks start, I am seeing grand results from my efforts. It’s nice to have a clear head and be 100% focused on what I’m doing. Hopefully 2018 will be a better balance of model building and life.

Picking up where I left off, I checked in on the F-16 and F-15 to find promising results. My sanding skills have not dipped much in my absence which is quite encouraging. Just a small gap remained on the F-16’s spine. I sanded it out real quick and back to primer it went. Depending on where we stand with my results, I am thinking about installing the wings tomorrow.

The F-15’s air intakes look pretty good with some minor sanding left to pursue. I did notice a gap in the starboard side of the nose. I filled that and it will be the first order of business tomorrow. I would like to work on sorting out all the ordnance and various pods tomorrow as well. There are a lot of little projects that I need to organize so I don’t have any roadblocks along the way.

With my hissy fit over, the A-10 saw a multitude of progress in the last twenty-four hours. The decals were sanded away and with the gun cover fixed, it was time to paint. This time around saw the whole plane get a flat white skin. I will mask everything off tomorrow as long as the paint coverage passes all tests. The base will need to be started soon as well. I have all the supplies ready to go. It’s just a matter of getting started.

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So Long 2017!

Well good afternoon everyone! A belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year’s to you all. Hopefully Santa was nice to all of you. It has certainly been a while since I last posted anything (three months and two days to be exact). While I haven’t been reporting my very sparse progress, I have still been working on my builds here and there. It was kind of a perfect storm of the holidays and work to snuff out any workbench time. I can’t officially say that I am ready to dive back in fully, but my intentions are solid.

So let us refresh a bit. When I last left off, the A-10 was in final paint with the gloss white. Epic failure there. That may have helped with my lackluster efforts in the past few months. It was deflating to get such crummy results. The paint didn’t apply well and I ended up botching it all after multiple attempts at saving it. I will do the proper thing and start over with paint in its entirety.  This time I will apply the white first and mask it off. That will work out much better. A good sanding to knock down the edges and remove the decals is in order to start with.

The other two kits on the workbench were the F-15 and F-16. Progress has been made on both of these build through the months. Not much progress but I did get something accomplished. I spent a little time this morning with some sanding and filling. The F-16 now has its spine attached and the absurd gap has been filled. The F-15’s air intakes were attached, sanded, and filled as well. My hope is to tackle both of those projects tonight and get some primer applied.

I feel like I am in a great spot to return to as my time frees up a bit. Work remains busy as the steel industry grows stronger but I won’t complain about that. Having a job is a good thing. I’m envisioning short sessions at the workbench for now. Maybe a marathon here and there.

A-10 Delay

My plan to give the Aztek a trial run yesterday didn’t go as I had planned. You see, my honey-do list was priority with a new Craftsman style door to install in my entryway. Now, it also wasn’t your run of the mill take the old frame out to put the new one in. Nope. I had to mortise the hinges as well as make the deadbolt and knob hardware flush. The old door knob was about two inches higher resulting in new bores into the frame. Four hours and I was spent. 


So I really had no plans of doing anything but resting the remainder of the day. As I was laying on the couch thinking about how to approach painting the white covering on the A-10, I had the idea to outline it first and then fill the void in with the airbrush. It will make for a much easier way to paint. Now I don’t have to look back and forth at reference photos. It will be a much more efficient direction to take.

95% Complete

Under normal circumstances. the A-10 would be wrapping up very soon. Weathering has been completed and with a usual build I would transition right into final assembly. With this particular build, I still have quite a bit of work remaining. The white will be applied tomorrow with my new airbrush. The Aztek arrived a few days ago and I will test it out in full force. More on that in a future post. If all goes well, I will be 100% finished with paint and can focus on final assembly. The base of the diorama remains another focus to begin sometime tomorrow as well. I’m not to concerned with that as it should be fairly simple to create.

A-10 Progress

There are good things afoot here at Amateur Airplanes leaving me feeling confident in my A-10 build. The decals were applied last night and look pretty decent. I robbed them from an Italeri kit that I purchased last week just for this build. You can’t beat $13.00 for some decals and a spare kit to add to the stash. This Italeri kit adds to the number of A-10 kits that have been used for this one build. It’s a rainbow of model companies that include Heller, Revell, Italeri, and Hasegawa.

The next step will begin as I normally approach any other build. Weathering with pastels will commence tomorrow evening. After that is new territory. I will be using the oil technique to weather the paint to give it a nice sun-baked look. Provided that that step goes well, I will start final painting of all the white sealant.

Life Goes On

The Amateur Airplanes workbench is back into the swing of things after the recent  airbrush fiasco. With my loaner hooked up and ready, I dove in and finished applying the Euro I Gray to the A-10 yesterday. A good coat of clear was applied tonight and I’m hoping to get the decals applied tomorrow night. It’s all details from here on out.


Another accomplishment on the A-10 build was purchasing the materials for the base of the diorama. I have an old frame that I will be using to make it look presentable. I would like to take care of the base this weekend. There are still a few more details to take care of but at least I can get the basics complete.


The F-16 and F-15 are flowing nicely with quality work being performed yesterday morning. Initial sanding was started and filler applied where it’s needed. There is a good bit of sanding to take care of before I can really get moving. After I get that under control then they both should start moving a little faster.

R.I.P. Badger

The life of my Badger airbrush is officially over. Yup. In its death, I think I figured out the underlying reason to all of my issues that I was experiencing. While I was applying the Euro I Gray to the A-10, I was having mega issues with air pressure. Literally, one second it would spray just fine and three seconds later there would be zero paint flowing through. Going back and forth adjusting pressure and paint consistency, my problem presented itself.

Upon removing the paint jar to add some more reducer, the port snapped off the housing. My theory is that through general wear and tear of inserting and removing the paint jars over the years, a crack developed. It’s been heavily relied upon for the past seven years so it did have a good and justified life. The crack would definitely explain the issues that I have been experiencing as well. Loss of air through the fracture would result in the spattering I was getting.


So as of now I have a loaner airbrush from my Dad. The A-10 will get stage one of painting finished so I can start decals and weathering. By then I should have my new airbrush to use on stage two. My mind is made up on the Aztek from Testors so some price comparing is in order over the next few hours.